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RATINGS: 3231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 51   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, our award-winning rendition of the Imperial Stout style once made exclusively for Catherine the Great. We use three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specialty roasted malts. We brew it every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksosh (6) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2012
This is one of my most favorite beers. This particular bottle was from the 11-12 winter season. The initial aroma was obviously one of very dark chocolate, with hints of cherry, and possibly some liquorice. The appearance is jet black with minimal head. Looks almost like motor oil. The taste is a mixture of light sweetness and heavy bitter, reflective of (not surprisingly) a very dark chocolate. Aftertaste has a tang to it with a sharp bitterness. I drank it probably a little colder than I should have (refrigerator cold, not cellar cold), so I’m sure some of the taste wasn’t fully apparent. The palate was fairly pleasing - full body, creamy/thick texture, average carbonation on the tongue, but more than was expected from the visuals, bitter, lasting finish. Overall a great imperial stout.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (2252) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is light roasted malts, slight hint of chocolate. Taste is smooth & a touch thinner than expected. Some coffee. Very light chocolate, very light roasted malts. A bit so so.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kingvit (358) - - MAY 18, 2015
Aroma: chocolate, molasses, coffee, liquor, roasty, cocoa, milk; Appearance: pitch black, vanishing frothy head: Taste: intense bitterness, medium sourness, medium sweetness: Palate: long finish, fizzy carbonation, medium body, thick texture Dense, overwhelming with chocolate. The hops kick in straight after an initial sourness. Lacks the spiciness prominent in the Mikkeller stouts. A bit too fizzy, the foam vanishes too soon. Expensive.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mars276 (42) - Cracow, POLAND - MAY 18, 2015
Kolor: Czarny, piwo jest całkowicie nieprzejrzyste. Piana: Beżowa, obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, kremowa. Trwała. Pozostawia niezły lacing. Aromat: Intensywny aromat gorzkiej czekolady. Alkoholizowane czekoladki. Tort czekoladowy. Rewelacja. Smak: Piwo jest lekko słodkawe. Goryczka jest średnia i dość krótka. Piwo jest gęste, oleiste. Alkohol jest szlachetny - likier czekoladowy albo czekoladki z nadzieniem alkoholowym. Ponadto delikatnie grzeje w przełyk. Wysycenie: Niskie. Idealne. Opakowanie: Ładna, elegancka etykieta. Minus za brak pełnego składu i niepodanie ekstraktu. Uwagi: Solidny RIS. Nie wyrywa z butów, ale sprawia dużą frajdę. Ilość czekolady w tym piwie jest naprawdę potężna, ale poza czekoladą niewiele więcej się tu dzieje To sprawia, że piwo jest nieco jednowymiarowe.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
IngetSlick (28) - - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle from Saveur Bière. Small brown head with a full, black body. Smells of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, hops, alcohol. Taste of chocolate, dark roasted coffee, yeast. It feels a bit boozy, which is mostly noticed in the aftertaste, which is also very bitter. The chocolate taste isn’t noticed that much and the strong alcohol taste makes this beer quite the disappointmet to me, even though it is a decent Imperial Stout, just not top tier.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
racedom (23) - Guadalajara, SPAIN - MAY 15, 2015
Black and quite thick, brown head. Quite intense roasted aroma of chocolate and coffee. Flavour is dryish bittery roasted, dark chocolate, coffee notes at the end.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (2646) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle. Black oily pour, almost no head. Aroma of cacao and roasted malt. Full taste of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice and some hop bitter. Tasty brew.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Malin_aiisa (88) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle. Choclate candy, burned oat aroma Dark Brown Brown head. Full body, medium bitternes, some sweetness. Metallic finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (814) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAY 13, 2015
330 ml bottle from Bier-Deluxe.de, winter 14-15 version.
Pitch black body, with a small, creamy, coffee colored head.
Rich aroma of melting dark chocolate, liquorice, coffee, cocoa, toffee, slight ash.
Delicious taste of coffee, very smooth chocolate, cocoa powder, some ash, liquorice, dark fruits.
Full, creamy, velvety mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes smooth, roasty, dry, a bit alcohol warming, with coffee, cocoa, slight ash.

Wow, very tasty! Warm, smooth and complex, with a well hidden alcohol. Really a comfortable sipper, that isn’t as massive as other Imperial Stouts, but wonderfully balanced instead.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopmaestro (398) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2015
aroma is nice and pleasant from roasted malts and coffee beans. A faint hint of licorice sweeps under your nose. Taste is slick and sweet but still rich and potent. There’s a small touch of red berries underneath. The aftertaste is not too heavy and the bitterness hangs around for a while. A really decent presentation of how you brew a proper stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sebastian_F (2) - Gävle, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2015 does not count
Aroma; Chocolate and licorice with hints of toasted bread and coffee. Apperance; Opaque black Taste; rich and heavy roasted tones , with traces of chocolate and burnt toast, with a lingering tone of spices and licorice. The mouthfeel is creamy with a soft carbonation and long finish.


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